This Week’s Blog Posts:
Two very different titles made their way to Grab the Lapels this week. Judy Oppenheimer’s biography of Shirley Jackson, Private Demons, had a major, distracting, unkind flaw. But after thinking harder on it, I would still recommend the biography for the various sides of Jackson caught by friends, family, and acquaintances.
What do you get when you mix a Tennessee wildlife ranger with a shady past and American’s fat, funny Hollywood sweetheart? Well, a romance novel that’s too perfect. They don’t even fight about who turns off the bedroom light once they’ve both tucked themselves in for the night (or is this just a thing at my house?). Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid is a warm-and-squishies that readers will love as a distraction when they think too hard about election season or doing the dishes.
Next Week’s Blog Posts:
I did it. I started reading The Descentverse series by S.M. Reine from the beginning. I loved Drawing Dead (from the 9th series), and I’m starting way back at the origin. My review of the very first book, Death’s Hand, will go up on Tuesday. I’ll be reviewing the first book in each series in the “Descentverse” and then reviewing the whole series. You can see a reading list HERE if you’d like to join along. These books are a hoot — just so fun. I first got involved in this series because the heroine of Drawing Dead is a fat tank of a woman that you want to follow around forever. Yes, the book met my criteria for my fat reading quest.
I’m interested in doing more book-to-screen reviews in 2020, and my first selection is My Cousin Rachel starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin. Any films or TV shows you’re interested in me reviewing? Let me know in the comments. My screen review goes up Thursday.
Book I’m Reading Aloud to My Spouse:
We’re still plugging along with Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier. I’ve noticed that my reading-aloud skills are improving dramatically. In about 30 minutes I can read ten pages (pages with almost no dialogue) aloud with very few flubs. And I’m always enunciating very clearly (part of why the flubs start to decrease).
On the side, after I read to the spouse I read a chapter from the biography of Flannery O’Connor by Brad Gooch. This led me to pick up Wise Blood, O’Connor’s first novel, in audiobook format. Narrated by Bronson Pinchot (best known as Balki in the 80s-90s show Perfect Strangers), the southern characters of varying ages, genders, and intellect, come to life.
Books Added to the TBR Pile: